The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing. Dora becomes Miss B.’s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives. Filled with details as compelling as they are surprising, The Birth House is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.

The Birth House - Canadian Trade Paperback

  • #1 Canadian Bestseller
  • CBC Canada Read’s Finalist
  • Evergreen Award. Presented by the Ontario Librarian’s Assoc.
  • Fiction Book of the Year – CBA Libris Award 
  • Author of the Year CBA Libris Award
  • Book Design of the Year (Kelly Hill) – CBA Libris Award
  • Booksellers’ Choice Award – AIBA
  • Long listed –International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award